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Idioms about bow

Origin of bow

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English verb bowen, Old English būgan; cognate with Dutch buigen, German biegen, Gothic biugan, Old Norse buga

synonym study for bow

1. See bend1.

OTHER WORDS FROM bow

bowedness, nounbow·ing·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bow

bough, bow

Other definitions for bow (2 of 4)

bow2
[ boh ]
/ boʊ /

noun
adjective
curved outward at the center; bent: bow legs.
verb (used with or without object)

Origin of bow

2
First recorded before 1000; Middle English noun boue, bouwe, Old English boga; cognate with Dutch boog, German Bogen, Old Norse bogi; akin to bow1

OTHER WORDS FROM bow

bowedness, nounbowless, adjectivebowlike, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bow

bode, bowed

Other definitions for bow (3 of 4)

bow3
[ bou ]
/ baʊ /

noun
Nautical, Aeronautics.
  1. the forward end of a vessel or airship.
  2. either side of this forward end, especially with reference to the direction of a distant object: a mooring two points off the port bow.
bows, Nautical. the exterior of the forward end of a vessel, especially one in which the hull slopes back on both sides of the stem.
the foremost oar in rowing a boat.
Also called bowman, bow oar. the person who pulls the foremost oar.
adjective
of or relating to the bow of a ship.

Origin of bow

3
First recorded in 1620–30; from Low German noun boog or Dutch boeg or Danish bov; see bough

Other definitions for bow (4 of 4)

Bow
[ boh ]
/ boʊ /

noun
Clara, 1905–65, U.S. film actress: known as the “It Girl.”
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How to use bow in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bow (1 of 4)

bow1
/ (baʊ) /

verb
noun
a lowering or inclination of the head or body as a mark of respect, greeting, or assent
take a bow to acknowledge or receive applause or praise
See also bow out

Word Origin for bow

Old English būgan, related to Old Norse bjūgr bent, Old High German biogan to bend, Dutch buigen

British Dictionary definitions for bow (2 of 4)

bow2
/ (bəʊ) /

noun
verb
to form or cause to form a curve or curves
to make strokes of a bow across (violin strings)

Word Origin for bow

Old English boga arch, bow; related to Old Norse bogi a bow, Old High German bogo, Old Irish bocc, and bow 1

British Dictionary definitions for bow (3 of 4)

bow3
/ (baʊ) /

noun
mainly nautical
  1. (often plural) the forward end or part of a vessel
  2. (as modifier)the bow mooring line
rowing short for bowman 2
on the port bow nautical within 45 degrees to the port of straight ahead
on the starboard bow nautical within 45 degrees to the starboard of straight ahead
a shot across someone's bows informal a warning

Word Origin for bow

C15: probably from Low German boog; related to Dutch boeg, Danish bov ship's bow, shoulder; see bough

British Dictionary definitions for bow (4 of 4)

Bow
/ (bəʊ) /

noun
Clara, known as the It Girl . 1905–65, US film actress, noted for her vivacity and sex appeal
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Other Idioms and Phrases with bow

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